Barcelona forward ready to sign new long term contract


BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Carles Perez of FC Barcelona in action during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on September 14, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona forward Carles Perez has reportedly reached an agreement over a contract renewal with the club. 

The reigning La Liga champions have struggled in the league this season and currently find themselves 4 points off leaders Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Their poor early season form has led to reports claiming that Messi wants manager Ernesto Valverde out of the club. Valverde has come under-fire for his questionable tactics, one of which is his stubborn insistence to pick Luis Suarez even though the former Liverpool man is clearly out of form for quite some time.

With Messi out injured and Ousmane Dembele once against suffering a setback on his injury before the latest comeback, Carles Perez has been given a chance to impress in recent weeks.

The 21-year-old has grabbed the opportunity with both hands as apart from scoring 1 goal already in the league, Perez has provided 2 assists to his teammates in five La Liga appearances so far this season.

Perez set to extend his stay at Barcelona

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 25: Arturo Vidal of Barcelona celebrates with teammate Carles Perez after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou on August 25, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Mundo Deportivo reports that in addition to his good form for the club in the current campaign, it was Perez' loyalty towards Barcelona which convinced the Catalan giants to grant him a contract extension.

The Spanish newspaper reports that amid reports of the Spanish champions going for Neymar in the summer, there were multiple clubs, both in Spain and Europe, who expressed their interest to sign the 21-year-old on a permanent basis.

A move away from the Camp Nou failed to materialize for Perez because he himself didn't want to leave the club, a gesture which the Barcelona hierarchy has now appreciated by rewarding the youngster with a new long-term deal.

It's interesting to note that even if Barcelona didn't extend his contract, the terms of agreement of Perez' previous agreement with the club meant that his contract would have been automatically renewed had the Spaniard played three more games between now and the end of the season.

However, the club decided not to wait and has now agreed formalities with the player and his agent regarding an agreement which would see Perez remain a Barcelona player until 2022.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 31: New FC Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde poses for the media outside the FC Barcelona headquarters at Camp Nou on May 31, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

With Messi suffering a fresh injury setback during Barcelona's victory over Villarreal in the midweek, Perez might be handed a rare starting XI spot when Barcelona travel to face Getafe on Saturday. 

The Spaniard is expected to form one-half of the three man Barcelona attacking lineup, with both Luis Suarez and Antoinue Griezmann alongside him.

Perez' new contract with the club has some interesting bits, one of which is that Barcelona have assured him that he'd be a first-team starter from next season.

That end of the bargain might be difficult to hold for the Catalan giants if Neymar arrives next summer, as the club is already making preparations for his return to the Camp Nou.

Still, with a full season remaining between now and the end of the campaign, Perez will have plenty of time and opportunities to cement his place in the Barcelona squad.

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